Grand Rapids Art Museum Announces Dana Friis-Hansen as New Director and CEO


GRAND RAPIDS, MI.- The Board of Trustees of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) announced today the appointment of Dana Friis-Hansen as Director and CEO. The Art Museum selected Friis-Hansen, who most recently served as Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art, as part of a national search effort. Friis-Hansen will begin work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on July 13, 2011. The new director brings a wealth of strong leadership and art history experience to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Friis-Hansen served in curatorial positions from 1985 through 1999, continuing on as Chief Curator at the Austin Museum of Art while assuming the position of Executive Director in 2002. During his nine years as director, Friis-Hansen provided leadership for a staff of forty including fiscal oversight and expansion of bud